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Amazing time-lapse shows six months in a flash

In the midst of turmoil, NASA's latest image might just help put everything into perspective.

Six months on Earth pass in a mesmerizing six seconds in the new composite time-lapse video put together by NASA's Earth Observatory.

As NASA explained, the image of the eastern hemisphere was assembled from shots taken from eight orbits of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, which were then "stitched together" to create a smooth seamless image.

The looped GIF version is hypnotizing.

Blue marble gif

"After having the privilege of flying shuttle missions and seeing Earth from the vantage point of space, I'll never forget observing our fragile planet from above with no visible political borders, only those established by the oceans and mountains and other geography," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden wrote, according to NASA. "It's a reminder that our planet belongs to everyone, and we each have a responsibility to help protect it. For NASA, that means making Earth science a priority investment. It's one of the cornerstones of our work."

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ram4131 August 21 2014 at 8:01 PM

Interesting how that satellite was DIRECTLY over the middle east, loitering there for 6 months.......peek-a-boo

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jesuaphn ram4131 August 22 2014 at 10:04 AM

Some satellites do rotate in sync with the earth. They appear to be stationary over the same place thereby giving scientist and commercial users the same view always.

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buddwhyzr jesuaphn August 22 2014 at 9:12 PM

Or the military.

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coopdabomb August 22 2014 at 10:22 AM

If you look real close you can see obama golfing.

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ameliabelladonna coopdabomb August 22 2014 at 11:21 AM


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dwtomczyk August 21 2014 at 6:35 PM

in the blink of the eye my children were babies & the adult's with children of their own.

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leslie August 22 2014 at 7:47 AM

That's like normal speed after you reach 70 years old!

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johngin1999 August 21 2014 at 9:51 PM

That's it??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
ZZZZZZZZZZZZ Don;t wake me up for nothing next time!

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donahuepapad123 August 21 2014 at 9:56 PM

they are playing it to fast , so you cant realy see anything ? like snow mass , and jet streams ??? what a waste ..

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Ma Fosz August 21 2014 at 9:35 PM


Just think, with the helping of the Republican Party USA and the denial of climate change all of London, England could be under water in 100 years.


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jijjhnsn August 22 2014 at 7:14 AM

And what are we (novice) suppose to make of this?

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Tim and Marnie August 21 2014 at 9:51 PM

I'm not mesmerized.

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onionson August 22 2014 at 6:05 AM

I've long been a supporter of NASA but if the video and GIF image on this webpage is the best they can do we got ripped off.

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